Book sale underway at library
SALISBURY — Bookworms can enjoy a shopping spree that won’t empty their wallets this weekend at Rowan Public Library.
The big book sale, which began Friday, continues today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It takes place at the Rowan Public Library headquarters at 201 W. Fisher St. in Salisbury.
The library sells big batches of withdrawn books each spring and fall to raise money and make room for new items. Lynn Denison, circulation and technology services supervisor, said the library raised $5,000 last year.
So far this year, the spring sale is going very well, she said.
“People lined up at the front door before we opened,” she said. “We’re real happy with it. We’ve got lots of books, and it’s a wonderful deal for patrons and customers.”
Gary Thornburg, of Salisbury, said he always looks out for the library book sale and makes a point to stop by while it’s going on. He browsed for a little while Friday but said he wasn’t sure whether he would buy anything yet.
“I just love books,” Thornburg said. “Today, I’m scoping things out for Monday, when you can get whole bags of them.”
Most items were available Friday for $2 to $5 each. The remaining items will be sold at half price today, and on Monday customers can fill a shopping bag full of books for just $2.
Denison said the library typically withdraws and sells books that haven’t circulated in about a year or more.
Spare copies of bestsellers are also withdrawn from the collection, she said. Around noon Friday, a paperback copy of “The Hunger Games” was still for sale in the fiction area.
Romance novels are grouped together on several tables, sitting next to bins full of DVD and VHS videos and CD and cassette audiobooks.
Salisbury resident Michelle Friend collected several books by romance writer Nora Roberts — which she gave to her husband to hold — but she said she also prefers old mystery stories.
“I like a lot of stuff that takes place in Europe,” Friend said. “I can get ideas for vacations from them.”
Those interested in non-fiction can find a variety of self-help books, reference manuals, travel guides and memoirs.
There are a number of guides made for students who will soon be taking the SAT or applying for college.
For parents of younger children, plenty of picture books are available, too.
Kelly Austin, of Salisbury, stood in the children’s area as her son David and his friend Patrick Beal, both 6 years old, piled more and more books into her arms.
“I don’t even know what they are,” she said, laughing.
At one point, David picked up a Christmas-themed book and stared at the snowy scene on the cover. Patrick held a book about the New York Yankees in one hand and a book about the Carolina Panthers in the other.
“I like sports books,” he said.
Austin said she works at a preschool around the corner, and David and Patrick were out of school Friday, so they decided to walk over at lunchtime.
“I like this, especially for the boys,” she said. “They can come here and pick out books, and they’re reasonably priced.”
For more information about the library’s book sale, call Rowan Public Library at 704-216-8240.